Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of April 16 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

5,966 people have tested positive, 65 are active patients, 5,838 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's positivity rate is 3.3%.

Kamal Yoga hosting a session outdoors. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Area fitness services adapting to pandemic guidelines

Oasis moving to a new location.

Marie Hoffman, Grace Gillio, Emma Hoffman, Julie Gillio and Nicole Rajkovich show off their yellow and red Rainier and Bing cherries. Photo by Leslie David.


Fairhaven Orchards: old business, new ways

In time for cherry season, owners redouble safety measures, add online ordering and curbside pickup.


San Benito County Public Health Officer Resigns

Current County Shelter in Place Order expires on May 3, 2020. Dr. Marty Fenstershieb, Interim Public Health Officer resigns.

A smiling emoji sign in Hollister Super identifies black beans as a healthy choice. Photos by Noe Magaña.


Hollister Super highlights healthy options with emojis

Program in conjunction with county was nearly a year in the making.

The San Benito Health Foundation at 351 Felice Drive in Hollister. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


San Benito Health Foundation holds ribbon-cutting for green upgrades

Solar and other off-the-grid energy sources allow the clinic to operate during power outages.

This picture with the steer is from my freshman year at Fresno State. I was actively involved in Fresno State Beef Cattle Show Team where we competed at collegiate jackpot shows throughout the state of California. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: An insider’s perspective on Cystic Fibrosis

BenitoLink reporter Blaire Strohn increases awareness by sharing her struggle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Changes coming to state’s nutrition program

In San Benito County, WIC vouchers will be replaced with EBT cards in February 2020.

Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.


County considers housing homeless in modular building

Woman shares how shelter and services have helped her since August.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

New state laws taking effect in 2019

Legislation concerning cannabis, law enforcement, environment and more.

Some of the booths set up at the Nov. 17 Community Health Fair in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Health fair introduces area services to San Juan Bautista residents

Ten organizations offer information and resources.

Public forum at the Sept. 15 LULAC Health Fair. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Doctors voice concerns about Hazel Hawkins Hospital at public forum

LULAC Health Fair hosts physicians and hospital administrators.

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New Medicare Cards Are on Their Way

If you have Medicare, you will automatically receive your new card in the mail between April and June. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card. Just be sure Social Security has your current address.

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Business / Economy

Hazel Hawkins Hospital looks to the future in strategic planning

Hazel Hawkins Hospital convened a Health Care Advisory committee comprised of community leaders to help guide the District Board, as additional community health care advocates, on strategic plans and the future direction of the Health Care District

Local residents purchase San Benito Gold's raw, unprocessed honey both to improve their health, as well as to use as a natural sweetener.


Local Beekeeper touts benefits of honey but the science is up for debate

Though there are many proven benefits of eating local honey, is curing allergies one of them?